Steven and I spent the beginning of our weekend prepping for what forecasters warned would be a “historic storm”. We were told to brace ourselves for 60mph winds and the possibility for long term power outages! At first I wasn’t too concerned. If the power went out I would just stay indoors, read a book, and eventually venture out to a nearby restaurant for food. Growing up in Connecticut, everyone had generators so I assumed Seattle would too. Steven quickly informed me that this wasn’t the case, and we found ourselves heading out to Fred Meyer Friday afternoon to prep.
Assuming we would lose power and have no way to cook anything our options were limited. We started with the essentials – wine, more wine, and beer. Our food selection is what I could best sum up as “eating like a Gilmore Girl” – pop tarts, doughnuts, Reese’s Puffs cereal, Cheetos, candy, peanut butter. If anyone has great power outage food ideas please share! After picking up some firewood and laughing at the cleared out flashlight section we were ready!
The first part of the storm hit Friday night and had little to no impact. We were told that this was just a teaser, and that the damaging storm would arrive early Saturday evening. Part of me was doubting that it would really be that bad, while the other half of me was getting anxious from all the news warnings and radar images. With nothing to do but wait, I headed out to a pumpkin carving party Saturday afternoon to catch up with some friends.
Steven and I are heading off on our honeymoon this week, so I didn’t want to carve a pumpkin and have it rot while we were away. Instead, I spray painted my pumpkin and then drew on designs with different colored sharpies. It’s a fun alternative to carving, but I think next time I would use a white or silver base paint so that the sharpie showed up more prominent. The one downside to this method is that I didn’t get any pumpkin seeds to bake (which is the best part)! With snacks on my mind, I headed home to bake up some other Halloween treats to fix my pumpkin seed craving.
After the party, Steven and I made a large batch of Halloween Puppy Chow (so addicting!), as well as some Halloween Spooky Spider Treats. Both are so delicious and incredibly easy to make! For the Halloween Puppy Chow, we made a large batch of puppy chow (also known as Muddy Buddies) using the recipe on the back of the Chex Cereal box. Next, we added M&M’s, peanut butter pretzels, s’mores mix, and regular pretzels. There really are no rules. Add whatever candy or snacks you enjoy! I basically just sift through the mix to find the puppy chow, which in my opinion, is the best part.
The Halloween Spooky Spider Treats are a flashback to my childhood and a Halloween recipe my mom used to make. When I told my friends I had made Spider Treats they all laughed because I’m deathly afraid of spiders. There have been multiple occasions where I’ve been home alone and had to call someone to drive over to help me because I’m in a stand off with a spider. It’s a true issue and I think it all started when I was little and found a large spider in my bed. Anyways, I haven’t made these for years because I hate spiders, but I’m hoping this will help me see them in a not so scary perspective (or so I tell myself). They only take 20 minutes to make and 15 minutes of that is for cooling! Here’s the recipe:
Halloween Spooky Spider Treats
- 3/4 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup of milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup Rice Krispies Cereal
- 1/4 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
- 1 cup of chow mein noodles
- Red food coloring (or candy eyes)
- Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside for later.
- In a small, non-stick saucepan, melt the semisweet and milk chocolate chips over low heat, stirring occasionally.
- Once the chocolate is melted, mix in the Rice Krispies and shredded coconut into the mixture.
- Scoop tablespoon sized portions of the mixture and place onto the waxed paper in round, spider formed shapes. Repeat until all the mixture has been portioned out (approximately 8 spider bodies).
- Insert 4 noodles on each side of the bodies to make the spider legs.
- Add eyes using the food coloring.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving.
I used food coloring to make the eyes, but you could also use candy eyes or even sprinkles. Check out your local craft or baking store for options.
After baking, the storm came and went with little to no damage and was altogether underwhelming. We stayed in and watched the shark movie, The Shallows, with Blake Lively. Since we are headed to Hawaii this week, this may not have been the best choice in movies. Hopefully I won’t be afraid to go in the water now! Sunday was spent relaxing and watching the Seahawks win. Go hawks! Now to start packing for our honeymoon!